Is the Kia EV6 safe?
ANCAP bestowed a five-star rating on the EV6, excluding the high-performance GT which is yet to arrive (and be assessed) in Australia. Expect that late in 2022.
Adult occupant protection was judged to be 90 per cent, with marginal results for the driver’s chest and lower legs in the frontal offset crash test.
Child occupant protection was rated at 87 per cent, though the crash-test dummy simulating a 10-year-old was considered marginal in the side pole test.
Vulnerable road user protection came in at 64 per cent and safety assist features were given an 88 per cent score.
The Kia comes with all the expected driver-assist features, from traffic sign recognition to autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection. It isn't a marketing tool ... the EV6 abruptly braked when a cat jumped behind the vehicle.
What’s the Kia EV6 like inside?
'Futuristic minimalism' best describes the EV6. The layout is easy to understand from the moment you enter the vehicle, despite the fact the power button is in the centre console near the rotary transmission dial.
Storage space is good, there’s a wireless phone charger if you’re prepared to let the phone heat up from the capacitive charge (we prefer to physically tether our device to one of the pair of USB-C ports, or the single USB-A) and the seats are sensational for long hauls.
That applies equally to those in the rear, where there is another pair of USB-C ports to ensure those down the back aren’t complaining about losing power on a road trip and the EV6 GT-Line AWD does vehicle-to load (V2L) through a three-pin connector to power most appliances.
Visibility is good in the front and rear and there’s a relatively commodious 480 litres of cargo space.
That’s down by 10 litres on the rear-wheel drive versions, courtesy of the boot-mounted sub-woofer.
A pair of 12.3-inch displays control he infotainment and driver’s display. They’re easily visible day or night and are both easy to operate.
Dual-zone climate control is standard and there’s a 14-speaker Meridian sound system to punch out the tunes through the cabin.